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Friday, 13 November 2009

Mtskhketa, Georgia

Insectophobes, beware! Today's images - of a praying mantis in Georgia's old capital, Mtskheta - won't please you. But it's a harmless creature at this size, its sharp forelegs little able to pierce my fingers as they do the other insects on which it preys.

Wednesday, 11 November 2009

Komyati, Ukraine, 1992

Today: Remember, to avoid repeating, if possible in this world. Fascism was defeated those decades ago, but communism had taken solid hold.

Sunday, 8 November 2009

Poland, 1992

Hard to believe it's been 17 years since I was all over Eastern Europe - Poland, Hungary, Romania, Czechoslovakia, Ukraine - before settling in St. Petersburg, Russia in September 1992. The bottom 2 shots are from Czestochowa, famed for its Black Madonna icon. Just above them, the 2nd frame is the main square of beautiful Krakow.